Monday, 10 November 2014

"Man in charge of nation’s finances struggling with concept of half"

It's a funny old world where spoof news website Newsthump comes up with the clearest explanation of why George Osborne's much vaunted success at negotiating down the UK's EU contributions is no such thing:

The Chancellor said that the UK will now be able to offset its EU rebate of £850m against the surcharge, meaning it will only have to pay £850m extra to the EU next year.

Economist Simon Williams, who actually understands the principle of ‘fractions’, told us, “The point here is that the Chancellor has given away the rebate we were due to get next year.

“So we’ve given up a £850m rebate from the EU, in order to have £850m taken off our surcharge bill. You don’t need a degree in economics to see how this isn’t the same as ‘halving your bill’.”

4 comments:

The Stigler said...

The best source of economics education on TV is South Park.

A K Haart said...

Maybe a spell of job share would help George with fractions.

Lola said...

Osborne is a deceitful wanker. I feel like punching his smug stupid face every time I see him - and I abhor violence.

Bayard said...

"The point here is that the Chancellor has given away the rebate we were due to get next year."

Ah, but were we due to get it before or after the election? In Westminster nothing that is due to happen after the next election is actually real.